I originally found my passion for helping others while being a "counselor" in a peer counseling program in junior high. Since then my passion has only increased and have now been professionally in the mental health field for 10 years. I have been in private practice for 7 years and have previously worked in non-profit, county and crisis unit settings. I have a wide range of experience and training to help you with any struggles you are facing. I strive to help others cope, heal and find the level of happiness and calm we all strive for.
Let's be real, adulting can be hard. Whether it's your first time living on your own or you're in your 30's or 50's. Life can throw you curve balls at any stage. I greatly enjoy working with adults to help in navigating any struggles you are having.
I have experience working with adult clients to help improve moods, managing anxiety, coping with loss or just being a sounding board for any tough decisions you are facing. I also have experiencing with assisting those wishing to explore major life adjustments, figuring out the right path in life or healing past or present traumas.
My passion to work with first responders came after hearing an officer's story about the heavy stigma and fear attached to going to therapy. It's important to me to be that therapist that gets the first responder culture and not be another bad counseling experience I have heard too much about. I also come from a family of first responders and have witnessed the pressure these individuals face everyday. This has helped me develop a personal understanding of what happens behind the badge beyond my professional experience. I have great respect for their need for privacy and thrive to provide a comfortable setting for them. I have experience helping those to manage the stressors of the job to providing a safe debriefing environment to helping maintain a healthy work-life balance.
By being a first responder it means that you see and experience things that most don't. At times your brain will process these events well and sometimes it won't. There is no shame in the reality that you can't control how your mind or body will react to things. Please know that there are easy and simple ways to heal these events so they are no longer impact your mood, sleep or relationships.
I also have experience working with families of first responders to help maintain a healthy and supportive relationship as well as coping with the unique stressors first responder families face.
I have always had a passion for working with teens. You can say I have the ability to speak teenager which has led to great success in helping teens as well as helping parents understand their teens. In the beginning of my career I found a unique passion in working with teens that have self harm behaviors. Self harm is a scary topic for most parents, rest assured that there are many techniques to help your teen through this.
I also greatly enjoy working with teens to help through any of the struggles that your teen years can bring. This ranging from anxiety, bullying, self esteem, body image, family conflict or helping them prepare for the "whats ifs" after high school.
For parents I have found that utilizing a therapist to help "translate" between you and your teen is extremely helpful. Although I focus on individual sessions with my teen clients, there is always a collaboration between myself and the parent to give you insight into what your teen is experiencing or needs.
I am trained in the following treatment models. For more information there is a link attached.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) (additional informational videos on resource page)
I have previously been a board member/volunteer for the following organizations:
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP): Sacramento Chapter
Redding CA Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (RRC-CAMFT)
Redding Out of the Darkness Walk
Shasta County Suicide Prevention Workgroup
Superior Northern CA EMDR Regional Network